Desiring Canada: CBC Contests, Hockey Violence, and Other Stately Pleasures
Published: March 2013© 2012
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 272 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.70 in
What do Tim Hortons, Hockey Night in Canada, and Rick Mercer have in common? Each is a popular symbol of Canadian identity, seen across the country – and beyond – on television and in other forms of media. But whose definition of ‘Canadian’ do they represent? What does it mean to be Canadian? Do we create our own impressions of Canadian identity, or are they created for us? In Desiring Canada, Patricia Cormack and James F. Cosgrave delve into these questions, exploring the connections between popular culture, media, and the Canadian state.
Taking as their examples the popular CBC contests, Tim Hortons advertising campaigns, NHL hockey violence, television comedy, and the business of gambling, this lively, engaging book investigates the relationship between some of our more beloved popular expressions of national identity and the extent to which the interests of the state appeal in various ways through the popular media to the pleasures of citizens, thus shaping our understanding of what it means to be Canadian.
Chapter One: Contesting Canada at the CBC
Chapter Two: “Always Fresh, Always There”: Tim Hortons and the Consumer Citizen
Chapter Three: “Our Game”: Hockey, Civilizing Projects, and Domestic Violence
Chapter Four: Peace, Order and Good Gambling
Chapter Five: The Funny State Apparatus
Conclusion: Minding the Gap
‘Desiring Canada offers a new and useful way to think about how our identifications with Canada are produced through popular cultural texts, artefacts, and performances that are state-mediated. Persuasively argued and well-grounded in familiar aspects of the Canadian cultural landscape, it will surely appeal to educated readers concerned with all things Canadian.’ Maurice Charland, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University